Severn Pathology


The Severn Pathology project is the result of an innovative collaboration between North Bristol Trust, the UK Health Security Agency, and University Hospital Bristol and has played a key role in the local and national Covid-19 response. The facility consolidates pathology services in the South West of England and is one of the leading centres in the UK. The new facility was developed according to Avanti Architect’s masterplan with the final phase delivered to our detailed designs coordinated to BIM Level 2.

The new facilities at Southmead Hospital house mainstream pathology services, including the Bristol Genetics Laboratory and other specialized functions. A Telelift system, utilizing horizontal rail-based technology, efficiently transports patient samples from a central booking and reception area to the laboratories.

Covering an area of 10,500m2, the buildings consist of a combination of category 2 and category 3 laboratories, open-plan offices, cellular reporting rooms, and support facilities, accommodating a workforce of over 650 staff. The design incorporates large open-plan laboratories to promote flexibility and streamline workflows, supplemented by specialized cellular laboratories where necessary.

To create a pleasant and invigorating atmosphere for staff, the use of curtain walls and atria allows ample natural light, contributing to a sense of airiness. Additionally, a thoughtfully planned color scheme with feature walls, coloUred glazing, and a public art strategy further enhances the overall quality of the environment, promoting staff well-being.


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The design, which links the buildings at all levels, facilitates the delivery of services in a fully integrated pathology model, the first of its kind in the UK where services are connected based on common technologies rather than traditional discipline barriers.

Brendan Hanrahan, Pathology Project Manager, North Bristol NHS Trust

Location Bristol, UK

Area 10,500m²

Status Complete